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With Finger Eleven on board, is this really the Best Cruise Ever?




VH1's Best Week Ever is one of our all-time favorite blogs, so we're familiar with the concept of the Best Cruise Ever, which in 2008 featured John Mayer, Colbie Caillat, Brett Dennen and Brandi Carlisle. A little lite-rocky, but not a terrible lineup.

Then we heard about this year's Best Cruise Ever, departing from Tampa next April and starring, among other bands, 3 Doors Down, Lifehouse, Shinedown, Carolina Liar, Parachute ... and Finger Eleven.

NO, VH1, NO. BAD basic cable networklet.

We'll give you Parachute and Lifehouse, and, on a good day, Carolina Liar. And while we're not exactly fans, we'll admit, 3 Doors Down has one or two catchy songs.

But we challenge your assertion that any cruise featuring the band Finger Eleven can bear the crown of Best Crusie Ever. And we should know, because Tampa seems to be the trashy rock 'n' roll cruise capital of the world.

In 2010, we've got the Lynyrd Skynyrd cruise, the Kid Rock cruise, the Sister Hazel cruise, the Elvis cruise, and even the Genitorturers cruise*. We KNOW what it takes to rock a boat.

So when we say Finger Eleven is the breaking point, we mean it. One Thing, that snippet of half-croaked acoustic balladry that was all over the radio a couple of years ago, is bad enough, but the rest of the band's catalog is mediocre even by the standards of mediocre grunge. David Cook would not join this band for all the stubble conditioner in the world.

Perhaps we're being too hard on them. Maybe we just don't like the name "Finger Eleven," which includes three of our least favorite band-name characteristics ever:

1. It contains a number.

2. That number is spelled out.

3. It also contains the word "finger."

In our books, that's grounds for keel-hauling. What say you, mateys: Can any cruise with Finger Eleven on board accurately be called the Best Crusie Ever? Or should the good ship VH1 be sent to Davy Jones' Locker?

If you're still interested in going, by all means, sign up for tickets. You can reserve a cabin for as low as $799. Click here for all the details.

-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*

* This is true. "We're calling it the Devils and Dolls Hard Rockin' Cruise, and it's just to be fun," said Gen, the frontwoman of the Tampa shock-rock troupe. "It's five nights, goes to Jamaica, goes to Grand Cayman. We figure, you get on a boat with a couple hundred of your fans and friends, and you have all sorts of interesting parties, and we're playing a live show in the ballroom, so it's going to be pretty special for our fans."

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:14pm]


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